Staying Power: How to stop your makeup from sliding in the heat
We're a nation of moaners and groaners - in the winter months, we're complaining about chapped lips and red noses, and once summertime rolls around, you'll find us telling anyone who'll listen that our faces have turned into a slip and slide.
We understand it's a case of 'first world problems' - but when our carefully applied cosmetics turn into an oil slick in the sunshine, it does become an issue.
Not only is melting makeup unsightly and irritating, it's also unhygienic and can cause problems such as break outs and rashes.
But, with a few simple swaps and additions to your beauty arsenal, you can keep calm, cool and collected even in the blistering heat.
Here's what to do.
1. Invest in a primer
You wouldn't build a house without laying the foundations, or make a cake without a base - so you must take the same approach to applying your makeup. A reliable primer will help a multitude of problems, such as evening skin tone and mattifying an oily T-zone.
My favourite are ones that also help to refine the appearance of pores - such as Bioderma's Sébium Pore Refiner, Benefit's Porefessional, Young Blood's Mineral Primer and NYX's Pore Filler. These options will provide a smooth base that will improve the staying powder or concealers, powders or liquid foundations.
Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, €18.50. Lloyds Pharmacy nationwide
2. Re-evaluate your routine
Do you really need all the products you are using? If you're spending an age each morning doing heavy contouring, eye shadow and highlighting, why not pare it back. When the sun is shining, let your skin breathe. Drinking lots of water, getting outside for exercise, eating seasonal fresh produce and a good night's sleep will do more good than any lotions or potions can.
3. Get The Glow
Unfortunately, most Irish ladies weren't blessed with a natural sun kissed glow. If you're complexion is looking lack lustre or pasty, a radiating product will help perk up your skin. Depending on your skin tone, opt for a pearlescent (pale skin tones) or golden (olive skin tones) highlighter to emulate the look of sun-kissed holiday skin.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Maestro Sun, €45
If you can't live without foundation, consider thinning it out with a moisturiser or highlighter. And avoid all oil based foundations like the plague - these are not your friend in the sweltering heat.
BB and CC creams and mineral powder foundations will also give you the coverage you desire but are less likely to clog your pores and turn patchy.
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, €10.59. Selected pharmacies nationwide.
In the humidity, we can end up looking like Gene Simmons from KISS if our eye makeup starts to travel south.
Avoid this by switching up your mascara for a waterproof one, or skip the hassle altogether by investing in professional lash extensions and see your beautician for a well groomed brow.
Fake your way to doe-eyes by paying a visit to lash boutique Christoph Eye Couture in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2, where makeup maestro Christoph McCormack will apply full-looking lashes that last for up to one month, transform your eyebrows and give you a shellac 3 week manicure for €125.
Never neglect to apply suncream on your face, as sun damage is the worst thing you could do to your skin in the long run. Gone are the days when your only option was to slather a thick cream on your mug to get sun protection, modern offerings are much more efficient.
Add a few drops of Eucerin's cult mattiflying fluid to your moisturiser ten minutes before applying your makeup, and you can rest easy knowing that you're guaranteed SPF 50 protection.
Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattiflying Face, €15. Lloyds Pharmacy nationwide.
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